1.5 out of 10

West Englewood

41.7760888122978 -87.6657431392118
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
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Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Singles
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Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"End of the Line..."

I've been in West Englewood twice. The second time I was lost and quickly got back on the Dan Ryan and left. No doubt there are some nice people who live there, and I don't mean to crap on your neighborhood, but go somewhere else. For just about anything.
Diverse? No. Almost the entire population is African American. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but most of the time, when a neighborhood isn't particularly nice, I can say it at least has a decent mix of cultures. Not so here. It's also a fairly low income area, which I think is much more a reason it isn't someplace I want to live, or visit, or get lost in.
I've never eaten there, but asking around, I can't say anyone else has much of an experience, at least positive one, at any of the local establishments.
Shopping? No. The best you'll find are on Ashland and Western Avenues, and the best here is mostly places like Sears or autoshops. Not a retail heaven, to say the least.
Nightlife? Not for a whimpy white boy like me. I wouldn't go for free alcohol.
One thing you can say is that the cost of a house is very low. But then many of the houses need serious repairs. And most of the nicer houses are targets for vandalism and theft. Good luck selling your place for a decent price.
Sorry, inhabitants of West Englewood, you rank in my bottom 5 of Chicago neighborhoods. I have great faith that someday you'll turn it around. Just not yet.
Pros
  • Really cheap housing
  • You can probably hone your crime fighting skills here
Cons
  • The houses aren't nice, regardless of price
  • Unsafe
  • Just stay away.
Recommended for
  • Singles

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